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Magic Millions Country Cup berth up for grabs at Cluden Park

Mon 20 December 2021

By Glenn Davis

It’s a long haul and big jump in class from Townsville to the famous Magic Millions Raceday, but that’s what trainers Jared Wehlow and Todd Austin are planning for rivals Only Wanna Sing and Star Of O’Reilly who clash in the Magic Millions Country Cup Qualifier at Cluden Park on Tuesday.

Only Wanna Sing will launch jockey Ryan Wiggins’ comeback from injury when he lumps a massive 65.5kgs in the 1200-metre feature.

Wiggins suffered a track mishap and hasn’t ridden since winning on the Ricky Vale-trained Stubai at Rockhampton on October 28.

“Only Wanna Sing has a lot of weight and he’d have to carry too much dead weight if I used an apprentice,” Wehlow said.

“He’s in good form and should be hard to beat but he’s got to carry the grandstand and has drawn the outside barrier 11.

“But he loves Townsville and has won four from four there.

“Ryan is having his first ride back from injury so he won't have to carry much dead weight and it’s his only ride for the day.”

Wehlow has won 12 races with Only Wanna Sing, who started his career in Brisbane with Rob Heathcote before heading to Newcastle trainer Kris Lees and back to Brisbane with trainer Kelly Schweida.

“I’ve always thought he was good enough to go back to Brisbane and if he wins, he’ll nearly have to go down there again as he’ll get too much weight up this area,” Wehlow said.

“If he wins, the plan is to go to the Gold Coast next month for the Magic Millions Country Cup then spell,” he said.

Meanwhile Austin, who hails from Barcaldine in Central Queensland, has booked former top Brisbane rider Ric McMahon to partner Star Of O’Reilly.

Since leaving Trinity Bannon’s yard, Star Of O’Reilly has started three times for Austin for a win and two seconds.

The six-year-old is backing up after a last start second to the Lindsay Hatch-trained Rhyme Nor Rhythm at Rockhampton last Monday.

“He ran second in the Magic Millions qualifier last run and was beaten by a better horse on the day,” Austin said.

“It’s 1100 kilometres to the Gold Coast but that’s where he’s headed next month for the Magic Millions Country Cup.”